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  •  Nice, but I'm saving up for a Chevy Volt (3+ / 0-)
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    Lawrence, davehouck, G2geek

    More in my potential price range (if my job still exists a few years from now) and I like the idea of a backup generator on-board (i.e., it's a parallel hybrid).

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 06:39:01 PM PST

    •  The Chevy Volt is a quality car. (4+ / 0-)
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      And it'll be even better in a few years.

      It's not a parallel hybrid, though, as it is moved only by the electric motor.

      It's basically an electric vehicle with a range extender(that charges the battery when it gets low).

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 06:43:56 PM PST

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      •  Whoops! I'm tired (4+ / 0-)
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        I meant it is a series hybrid, and have even posted about that here.

        Yeesh, that was dumb.

        "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

        by wader on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 06:49:39 PM PST

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        •  Actually, you were right both times (4+ / 0-)
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          The Chevy Volt is usually a series hybrid, but at high speeds with the gasoline engine running it switches to a parallel hybrid.  The Volt's drive train is really complex, clearly the result of a gasoline engine car company that's used to myriad hoses and wiring harnesses.  The electric motors (yes plural, though one of them is a motor-generator) are squeezed in there somewhere.

          In contrast, the Tesla drive train is very simple.  It's easy for me to see which is going to be more reliable in the long run.

          Better to hide your tax returns and be thought a crook than to release them and remove all doubt. [Adapted from Abraham Lincoln]

          by Caelian on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 07:29:43 PM PST

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          •  Great sigline! (2+ / 0-)
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            Better to hide your tax returns and be thought a crook than to release them and remove all doubt. [Adapted from Abraham Lincoln]
            True and funny.  

            Renewable energy brings national global security.     

            by Calamity Jean on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 08:52:46 AM PST

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